Your most important hiring tool: the cognitive ability test

There are some important key questions that simply can’t be answered from a single interview. If you want to know whether your candidate is an effective decision maker, is a skilled problem solver, or is flexible enough to manage the pace of change in their role, you should consider integrating cognitive ability tests into your hiring toolbox.


How to tell the true story of your leadership

The story of your leadership doesn’t just involve a timeline of events in your career. You can paint a much more compelling picture of your true capabilities by understanding your temperament, and revealing your leadership traits.

Achieving higher employee retention rates: 3 ways that behaviour assessments can help

If you could see into the future when you’re hiring a new employee, you could save countless hours and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in turnovers.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to see into the future. And even if you could, there’s no single solution that’s guaranteed to make every hire a permanent one.

But using the right assessments can significantly increase your chances of hiring success, and improve your retention levels as well as loweryour cost-per-hire ratio—which is certain to keep your hiring managers happy.


The secret to freeing up your time: how to hire a self-motivated employee

If you feel as though you’re spending too much time motivating your employees, you’re probably right. While it’s not an exact science, asking yourself (or other staff managers in your company) will likely reveal that you’re wasting up to half of your working hours on supporting and encouraging your staff to do their jobs.


7 ways to become a better leader

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been in management for decades, or you’re brand new on the podium: there’s always change happening in the workplace, and your professionalism should evolve with it. Remembering and practicing just a few simple rules can help you through any transformation your workplace is going through, and towards more effective leadership and management. (more…)

Interviewing & Selecting Exceptional People

From interviews with Don McQuaig, former President, The McQuaig Institute®. These interviews were conducted by Cindy Moser and published as a series of articles in Carswell’s Hiring & Firing.


Interviewing the ‘professional’ candidate

Have you met the ideal person for the job?

Or have you just encountered a highly coached, interview-savvy candidate? Here are tips and strategies to help assess the true qualities under the surface of the slick, ‘professional’ job seeker.

Your strengths are your weaknesses

The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives.

Sydney Finkelstein, in his book, Why Smart Executives Fail (Penguin Putnam) lists what he considers “The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives” based on case studies of over fifty businesses.

Recruiting in a Tight Market

There are positions where it’s almost impossible to attract a candidate.

Especially for highly skilled, technical positions, it can be a seller’s market. Here are some tips on how to widen your pool of candidates.